LibriVox recording of In a Bishop's Carriage, by Miriam Michelson. Read by Lee Ann Howlett.
Nancy 'Nance' Olden, a young and very pretty woman, is an accomplished liar and thief. Raised in a horrific orphanage, called the Cruelty by its occupants, Nance and her criminal boyfriend, Tom Dorgan, are pulling a con when the book begins. The results of their act propel Nance into a series of events that she could never have imagined. This was Miriam Michelson's first novel and it was considered a 'blockbuster' in its day. Ranked fourth on the list of bestsellers of 1904 by "Publishers Weekly," Michelson's book was a source of controversy due to the dubious ethics and morals of its heroine. (Summary by Lee Ann Howlett)
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May 26, 2019 Subject:
Terrific book wonderfully read by Lee Ann Howlett (it is so cute the way she introduces each chapter!) captured my interest right from the start and never let go. One bit of a puzzle for me was the person that the bold protagonist, Nance Olden, speaks to throughout and yet never appears, Maggie, her friend from "The Cruelty" orphanage/prison where they were both "cruelty girls". I got the impression that Mag was an imaginary friend of Nance's and she had actually died. I thought that might be clarified at the end of the book but it wasn't. I think I was right about that though. SIX (6) stars!
MAY 2019 - Listened to it again. I love this one, both the book and especially the reader. Make that 8 stars. 8 out of a max. of 5, so that's 5 max plus 3!
June 21, 2012 Subject:
A slow start, but it winds up as the book goes along
I thought, after chapter one, that it was a bit weak, but this book has a strange shift of pace after the establishing chapter, and then becomes a sort of caper or "bad girl makes good" angle. Really interesting and suprisingly modern. Convincingly read.
May 25, 2012 Subject:
I liked it!
This was a good story. I love it when the underdog comes out on top. I also like stories where the character turns their life around. You will find that in this story and as usual Lee Ann is fabulous.
March 12, 2012 Subject:
I had never heard of the novel or author, but was looking for some light entertainment. Took a chance on this one since it is read by Lee Ann Howlett. The story is delightfully wicked. LOVED IT!
February 7, 2010 Subject:
A charming sentimental story of tough luck and redemption. Very well read by Lee Ann Howlett. Highly recommended.